The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. was established in 1906 and is the world's largest registry of pedigreed cats and the predominant cat breeding association in North America. CFA's stated mission is to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the well-being of all cats. CFA's first licensed cat shows were held in Buffalo, New York and Detroit, Michigan in 1906.
CFA has grown tremendously during the last century and is celebrating its centennial in 2006. Over 300 CFA club sponsored shows are planned worldwide for the 2006 to 2007 show season. Effective in May 2006, CFA will recognize 39 breeds for its Championship Class, one in Provisional Class and one in Miscellaneous Class.
List of CFA recognized pedigree catsRectify
By alphabetical order :
- A - Abyssinian - American Bobtail - American Curl - American Shorthair - American Wirehair
- B - Balinese - Birman - Bombay - British Shorthair - Burmese
- C - Chartreux - Colorpoint Shorthair - Cornish Rex
- D - Devon Rex
- E - Egyptian Mau - European Burmese - Exotic cat
- H - Havana Brown
- J - Japanese Bobtail - Javanese
- K - Korat
- L - LaPerm
- M - Maine Coon - Manx
- N - Norwegian Forest Cat
- O - Ocicat - Oriental
- P - Persian
- R - Ragamuffin - Ragdoll - Russian Blue
- S - Scottish Fold - Selkirk Rex - Siamese - Siberian - Singapura - Somali - Sphynx
- T - Tonkinese - Turkish Angora - Turkish Van
The CFA offers a number of services to catteries, purebred feline owners, and the general public. One service the CFA offers is certified pedigree lists for registered cats. Registered cat pedigrees going back from three to six generations are available.
CFA recognizes 39 pedigreed breeds for showing in the Championship Class, one breed in the Provisional Class, and one breed as Miscellaneous (effective with the 2006 to 2007 show season).
Other activities of the CFA include setting breed standards and offering breeding guidelines, training show judges, promoting and inspecting catteries, supporting and publicizing research on cat health issues, influencing legislative issues, providing disaster relief and breed rescue programs, publishing books and magazines and informing the general public on topics relating to cats.